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The 2021 Bengals remind me of the 2006 Saints


Living in New Orleans, I follow both the Saints and Bengals. As the Zac Taylor and Joe Burrow era has unfolded, I can't help but see parallels to the Saints in 2006. The Saints were coming off of years of losing seasons. They had not been to the playoffs in 6 years. They hired a young, offensive minded coach named Sean Payton who comes out of the Bill Parcells coaching tree. In 2006, they win the free agent battle with Miami to land a young, talented QB named Drew Brees. Brees was rehabbing a serious shoulder injury and there was a great risk that he would never be the same. Because of that, San Diego released Brees in favor of Philip Rivers. They drafted smart and surrounded Brees with offensive talent and within 4 years, they were Super Bowl champions. Payton and Brees were teamed up for 15 years.

In 2019, the Bengals hired a young, offensive-minded coach named Zac Taylor who came out of Sean McVay's coaching tree. They hadn't been to the playoffs in 4 years. In 2020, they drafted an uber talented QB named Joe Burrow. In his first year, he suffers a serious injury and many wondered if he would ever be the same. Like Brees, Burrow rehabbed in a frenzy and promised his team that he would be ready to start the 2021 season. By drafting smart and surrounding Burrow with offensive and defensive talent, Taylor and Burrow have taken the Bengals from worst to first in the AFC North in just two years. If this Saints comparison follows the script, Taylor and Burrow will have the Bengals in the SB in the next few years and I see Taylor and Burrow joined at the hip for years just like Payton and Brees.

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